Laughing Gas Can Ease The Symptoms Of Severe Depression

A proof-of-concept trial has shown that nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, holds potential as an effective treatment for severe depression in patients who don't respond to standard therapies. Laughter may indeed be the best medicine. » 12/10/14 9:40am 12/10/14 9:40am

Does "Positive Thinking" Really Make Our Lives Better?

You've heard the self-help gurus who say positive thoughts can bring us happiness, wealth, and success. But there's another side to the story. Here's why positive thinking often backfires — and why many of us are starting to resent it. » 11/21/14 11:37am 11/21/14 11:37am

What's The Difference Between Guilt And Shame?

Shame and guilt are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same. There are people who are prone to guilt, and people who are prone to shame, and there are major psychological differences between the two groups. So what's the difference? » 7/15/14 7:40am 7/15/14 7:40am

Stop Telling People To 'Cheer Up'

Psychologists have known for some time that uplifting encouragement is not always well-received by people with low self esteem. Now, in a paper published in the latest issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers examine why this is, and come away with some counterintuitive suggestions. » 6/28/14 4:00pm 6/28/14 4:00pm

These Are The Most Depressing Jobs In America

Our jobs have a profound influence on our mental health. A new study shows the extent to which certain industries give rise to clinical depression. » 6/11/14 7:00am 6/11/14 7:00am

This webcomic captures the day-to-day horrors of living with depression

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone. » 1/08/14 1:40pm 1/08/14 1:40pm

Which countries have the highest rate of diagnosed depression?

This map visualizes the results of a new study of depression rates. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, diagnosed in 4% of the human population, and map allows you to compare rates of depression diagnosis across countries. » 11/10/13 1:00pm 11/10/13 1:00pm

The psychological syndrome that mimics Joker venom

Anyone remember the Batman animated series episode that had the Joker dosing people with venom that forced a creepy smile onto their faces and drove them insane? Turns out you don't need the venom. The smile alone may drive people crazy. » 7/26/13 10:32am 7/26/13 10:32am

Coffee drinking linked to 50% lower risk of suicide

Go ahead and add this to the "Pro" column on the ever-growing list of reasons to either avoid coffee or guzzle it down wholesale: new research out of the Harvard School of Public Health concludes drinking several cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%. » 7/26/13 6:20am 7/26/13 6:20am

Why does winter make you so SAD?

Why do people get depressed during winter? Odds are you've heard of seasonal affective disorder, or you've experienced it for yourself. Fittingly abbreviated "SAD," this periodic melancholy is most often seen in Northern latitudes with the long nights and short days of nature's coldest season. » 1/04/13 11:40am 1/04/13 11:40am

When chimps have a midlife crisis

While they're perhaps less likely to take up paragliding or get an ill-advised tattoo, it appears that other primates suffer from midlife crises just like Homo sapiens. A new study of chimps and orangutans found that they have a major dip in well-being during their middle years. » 11/23/12 7:00am 11/23/12 7:00am

Why truck driving is one of the deadliest jobs in America

What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here's why. » 8/14/12 8:00am 8/14/12 8:00am

New study shows that Facebook is not making us depressed after all

Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggested that Facebook was making its users sad. The authors of the paper, titled "Misery Has More Company Than People Think," claimed that the constant barrage of positive depictions were making people feel inadequate,… » 7/10/12 7:30am 7/10/12 7:30am

Vitamin D could cure your depression — but also make you miserable

Vitamin D could be a miracle worker, when it comes to treating some of the most common ailments that afflict Americans, such as depression and diabetes. But it could also cause some serious problems, if you get too much of it. » 6/28/12 6:20am 6/28/12 6:20am

This is what your brain on drugs really looks like

Scientists this week published a study that reveals what the human brain looks like under the influence of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms. » 1/25/12 9:05am 1/25/12 9:05am

Being depressed disconnects the brain's "hate circuit"

Depression is the most common mental illness, but there's still a lot we don't know about how the condition affects the brain. But now, a new MRI study reveals that depression deactivates vital pieces of brain circuitry... including, surprisingly, the region that controls hatred. » 10/04/11 5:00pm 10/04/11 5:00pm

Why are some antidepressants more expensive than others?

After the doctor has finally diagnosed your problem — whether it's high blood pressure or low serotonin levels — nothing is worse than drug price sticker shock. How could a prescription possibly cost so much? It's nearly ten times as much as that other drug that supposedly does the exact same thing. » 9/29/11 9:27am 9/29/11 9:27am

Is your depression caused by brain inflammation?

It's possible that depression could be cured by reducing mild swelling in your brain. Neuroscientists have linked depression to brain inflammation before, and now a new study suggests further evidence for this theory. Here you can see the distinctive signature of a glial cell responding to swollen tissue in a brain —… » 8/05/11 8:00am 8/05/11 8:00am